Chelsea are reportedly looking at the prospect of bringing Carlo Ancelotti back to Stamford Bridge to replace Antonio Conte.

According to a report in The Sun, the Chelsea hierarchy are not expecting Antonio Conte to see out his entire contract at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have, therefore, set their sights on former manager Carlo Ancelotti as their primary target to replace his compatriot at the helm.

Ancelotti has enjoyed one of the most storied managerial careers in the history of the game, having guided the likes of AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid to much success. In all, he has won 20 titles during a highly successful career, and is widely regarded as one of the best managers of all time.

Ancelotti enjoyed moderate success with his last club Bayern Munich, winning the Bundesliga and the DFL Supercup (twice), before he lost his job in shocking circumstances last month. Since his exit from Allianz Arena, the Italian manager has been linked with a multitude of jobs.

One of his former clubs is interested in signing him once again – Chelsea. In fact, Ancelotti is the Blues’ first choice to take over from Antonio Conte, with the 48-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge under mounting uncertainty.

Chelsea have already enjoyed a lot of success under Conte, bouncing back from a disastrous tenth-placed finish in the 2015-16 season to becoming the Premier League champions in the Italian’s first campaign at the club, even going on to break the record of most league wins in a single season.

The Blues also reached the FA Cup final, where they lost to Arsenal. But, the league success was enough for the Chelsea bosses to consider rewarding Conte with a bumper new deal. But, the latest reports in England are in stark contrast with the aforementioned.

Conte has reportedly been at loggerheads with the Chelsea hierarchy over the club’s summer transfer business, and after a slightly lacklustre start to the season, it has been suggested that the Italian manager will move on at the end of the season.

Chelsea have, therefore, laid in motion the succession plans for Conte, if he indeed calls time on his spell at Stamford Bridge. And Ancelotti is their primary target, with the West London club keen to adopt his calm, no-nonsense approach to football once again.

Additionally, Ancelotti does not have a fractious relationship with Roman Abramovich, who sacked him despite a second-place finish in his second season in-charge in his previous spell. The 58-year-old is keen on making a return to the Premier League as well, and a shock move may be on the cards.

With Ancelotti a popular figure among the Chelsea supporters, his appointment could be well received, and it remains to be seen if the Blues indeed sign him once again to replace Conte next summer.